Mom’s greatest gift is to pass on her faith to her children.

 

2 Timothy 1:5

 

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Today is the day we remember mom. What did mom teach you?  One person writes what his mom taught him.

My mother taught me RELIGION: When I spilled grape juice on the carpet, she instructed, “You better pray the stain will come out of the carpet.”

My mother taught me LOGIC: From her decisive words, “Because I said so, that’s why.”

My mother taught me FORESIGHT: “Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you’re in an accident.”

My mother taught me IRONY: “Keep laughing, and I’ll give you something to cry about.”

My mother taught me about STAMINA: “You’ll sit there ’til all that spinach is finished.”

My mother taught me THE CIRCLE OF LIFE: “I brought you into this world, and I can take you out.”

 

I am sure your mom taught you this and much more. That is why there is a Mother’s Day.

 

In 1908 Ana Jarvis, from Philadelphia, began a campaign to establish a national Mother’s Day. Ms. Jarvis persuaded her mother’s church in Grafton, West Virginia to celebrate Mother’s Day on the second anniversary of her mother’s death, the 2nd Sunday of May. She gave all mother’s two white carnations because that was her mother’s favorite flower.

 

Today is a special day for most but it is also a day of heartache for many – some of us have not experienced the love of a mother and some want to be a mother and can’t; some have children that have died; others have children that have walked away from the family. So a day designed to celebrate becomes a day of weeping.  So we pray for comfort for you who struggle today.

 

Another struggle mothers have is a sense of failure – You don’t believe you are good enough. You think you are a failure as a mother.   You look at other mom’s and know you don’t measure up.  You see creative and fun moms on Facebook and Pinterest and think I am just lucky to make it through the day in one piece without the house falling apart.  Forget the perfect menu and an immaculate house.

 

Then we look at scripture and see perfect moms too. You want to give up but you know you shouldn’t but you want to.  Let me try to release your guilt with a little truth.

 

2 Timothy 1:5 I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.

 

Wow – Timothy was a fortunate child – a perfect mom and grandma. If you women could just measure up.

But what is the real story of Lois and Eunice?

 

Acts 16:1  (Paul) came to Derbe and then to Lystra, where a disciple named Timothy lived, whose mother was a Jewess and a believer, but whose father was a Greek.

 

Lois was a failure of a mother.

Can you imagine the day the Eunice came home and said she was in love with a Greek.  Lois’ must have been heartbroken.  I am sure she tried to talk her daughter out of making such a horrible mistake.  Eunice was not only betraying her family but her faith.  A Jew was not allowed to marry anyone but another Jew.

 

Ezra 9:11 …’The land you are entering to possess is a land polluted by the corruption of its peoples. By their detestable practices they have filled it with their impurity from one end to the other. 12 Therefore, do not give your daughters in marriage to their sons or take their daughters for your sons.

 

The closet comparison I can think of is if your daughter came home and said she was going to marry a Muslim man. As a Christian mom you would be horrified that your daughter was throwing away her Christian faith and being put in harm’s way because of how Muslims view women.  Greeks viewed women in a similar way much worse than how the Jews viewed the value of women.

 

I am sure Lois felt like a failure of a mother – where did she go wrong raising her daughter in the ways of God.

 

Eunice was a failure of a mother too.

Her son was not even circumcised (Acts 16:3) as all Jewish boys were to be to show they were part of the promise of Abraham.

 

When we only get a snippet of information we may get the wrong idea about how perfect someone is. There was failure but Paul commends Lois and Eunice for their faith.  They were not perfect moms but they were growing in their faith and they taught Timothy also.  You don’t have to be perfect; you have to be growing and sharing your faith with your kids.

 

Moms quit comparing yourselves to each other and get real with each other. Take off the mask and be vulnerable.  I believe that is what Paul told Titus to teach the older women.

 

Titus 2:3 Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. 4  Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, 5  to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.

 

Older women – you’re older than someone teach those who are younger how to be a good mother and wife.

How? Be real – Be vulnerable.  Take off your mask of perfection so other women will quit believing the lie that they are the only failure.  The truth is we all fail in many ways but that doesn’t make us a failure.

 

Older woman let younger moms know what you did wrong and that your house was a mess and you fed your kids juke food sometimes. Let them know that you lost your temper and some nights went to bed crying.  I know you want us to think you have it all together but the truth is having it altogether means you fail sometimes.  When you fail you confess your sins, you make amends and plan to do better.

 

You are not your sin – you are not a failure. God loves you and He has made you a conqueror.

 

Romans 8:31 What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? …33  Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34  Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died–more than that, who was raised to life–is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. … 37  No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

 

This is God’s truth but for some reason we want to believe Satan’s lie that we are a failure.

Yes, we are weak. Yes, we are not perfect.  Yes, God’s power is seen in our weakness.

 

2 Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10  That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

 

Boast in your weakness; let God’s strength be seen in your weakness. Take off the mask and let God use your weakness.

 

Lois and Eunice made mistakes but they were not defined by them. They were known for their success; their faith.  Lois as Timothy’s grandmother had an impact on his life directly and indirectly.  How we raise our kids effects how our grandkids will be raised.  How we get involved in our grandkids lives will affect how they live.  In a mobile society grandparents don’t always have the same connection with grandkids that they once did.  Make an effort to know, love and train your grandkids – they need you.

 

Moms you will be a success if you pass on your faith.

Instill an Authentic Faith

2 Timothy 1:5  I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.

 

Mom have a sincere faith. Truly live your faith and teach your kids.  Share your questions and your struggles.  Share your joy and answers to prayer.  Be genuine, be real.  Live your faith every day and your kids will grow to have a sincere faith also.

 

 

Instill a Respect for Scripture

2 Timothy 3:14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

 

Timothy learned, was convinced, and become wise from God’s Word.

He learned it and lived it because he was taught God’s word and saw in lived out in his mother and grandmother.

 

Moms teach it and live it and your kids will learn it and live it also.

 

Four scholars were arguing over Bible translations. One said he preferred the King James Version; another said he preferred the New American Standard Version; the third said he liked the New Living Translation.   After being quiet for a moment, the fourth scholar admitted: “I have personally preferred my mother’s translation.”  The other scholars started laughing.

“Yes, she translated the Scriptures. My mom translated each page of the Bible into life. It is the most convincing translation I have ever read.”

 

Mothers, what kind of Bible is your child reading when she observes your life? Are you looking for ways to instill a respect for the Word of God into the lives of your children?

 

 

Instill a Desire to Minister

After Timothy became a Christian Paul wanted to take Timothy along on his missionary travels. Timothy wanted to go and his mom and grandma encouraged him to go.

 

Mom are you teaching your kids to minister to others. Do they you your selfless acts of service?

 

Just like instilling a love for God’s word and having an authentic faith, ministry is caught from mom.

Mom you have the opportunity and responsibility to change the world by raising up godly children.

 

Thank you for the job you have done and are doing. But most of you feel like you failed or didn’t really do as good as job as you should have or would have liked to.  Give yourself some grace and there is still time to make a difference.

You and God make a good team – what you lack God will cover.

 

Mom do you need to rely on God more? Then rededicate your life today.

Child, no matter your age is it time to truly surrender your life like mom has prayed?

People need the Lord – let’s all get serious about our faith and share Jesus with others.